Barbara Kaplan, RYT500 and SEP has been studying yoga and meditation since she was 14 years old. In 1991 she received her Teacher Training certificate from The Yoga Room in Berkeley and was certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. She has also completed Erich Schiffmann's Advanced Teacher Training program, studied with the Iyengars in India, and has practiced Vipassana meditation since 1990.
Barbara wrote the Beginners Column in Yoga Journal, published feature articles on the Chakras and “Yoga for Good Digestion,” and appeared in three Yoga Journal calendars. She was interviewed on KPFA in Berkeley about the benefits of Iyengar-inspired yoga.
Barbara studied at Vassar College and UC Berkeley. She did graduate work in Somatic Psychology at JFK University and is an ongoing student at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Diamond Heart/Ridhwan School. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a Touch Skills Therapist, and a hospice volunteer. She has taught in Peru, Burma, Nepal, Hawaii, and Alaska over the years. She currently assists ongoing Somatic Experiencing and Full Embodiment trainings in California. She did the teacher training for Mindful Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer in Los Angeles.
Barbara teaches Yin Yoga, Vinyasa, Iyengar-style Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga and the Chakras. Besides teaching yoga and meditation, Barbara enjoys seeing students one-to-one to work therapeutically, especially with Somatic Experiencing and trauma renegotiation. Her safe, nurturing sessions invite clients to relax deeply, learn how to listen to the body's wisdom, and vitally reconnect with one's center.